GOP Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the judicial equivalent of a House Republican. Scalia is to the court what Fox News is to, well, news. He is a caricature of justice. He epitomizes elitism. He’s what I’d call “intellectual trash” – you’ve heard of “new money,” Scalia is “new intellect.” Smart, but seemingly incapable of managing the burden that comes with both intellect and power. Here’s a part of the Post’s editorial:
This gratuitous outburst, regarding a matter that might someday come before the court as a legal case, followed Justice Scalia’s performance during oral arguments on health care, which included a wisecrack about striking down the “Cornhusker Kickback” — even though that infamous dollop of Medicaid money for Nebraska, allegedly inserted in return for the vote of that state’s senator, was no longer in the statute. He sneered that asking the justices to read the entire 2,700-page Affordable Care Act would violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. He launched into a muddled riff on an old Jack Benny comedy routine that became so protracted and distracting that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., amused at first, eventually had to declare, “That’s enough frivolity for a while.”
The Supreme Court decision on health care reform should come out shortly after 10am Eastern. Stay tuned.